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Egypt, Europe, America: Cycles of Jewish History
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It's the last week of the month of Tevet, and with the new month of Shevat -- whose theme is renewal and life -- just around the corner, here in Israel we are experiencing the "perfect storm" of life-giving water. Water is life, Divine blessing, livelihood, Torah. This week's edition of Temple Talk finds our hosts waxing eloquent on the rain in the Land of Israel and what it means for each and every one of us. The redemption from Egypt should mean something to each and every one of else as well, as the big show gets under way in this week's Parashat Va'eira...and the cycle of Jewish history in the land of Egypt begins to wind down. Is it beginning to wind down in Europe, and even in the USA, as well? Tune into this week's dynamic Temple Talk as Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman connect the dots between the parasha, the weather, Kerry and Hagel, the struggle for Eretz Yisrael, and most importantly...the only reality, Hashem, the G-d of Israel.

This week from the Temple Institute:

WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: VA'ERA: Torah takes great pains to emphasize Moshe's humanity in this week's Torah reading. Yes, the great savior of Israel, the man who would speak with G-d face to face, was just that - a man, mortal and fallible like the rest of us.

CAPTURED ON FILM: ILLEGAL ARAB EXCAVATION ON TEMPLE MOUNT, POLICE INDIFFERENCE: This footage was taken on the Temple Mount by Tzachi Devira, who is heard speaking to a police officer. We have added the English translation. (Click on the "caption" icon on the lower right and side of the video window, to see the translation.)

PRESENTATION OF JERUSALEM AWARD TO RABBI YISRAEL ARIEL: On January 7th, 2013/Tevet 25, 5773, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, the founder of the Temple Institute received the prestigious Jerusalem Award in honor of his life's work. The award is a small but important token of recognition for one of the most important and revolutionary educators and visionaries in the modern era of the state of Israel. For 25 years, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel has been educating the public as to the imperative of rebuilding the Holy Temple, and the unparalleled part it will fulfill in reuniting nation with nation, and mankind with its Creator.

The award was presented on the first day of the two-day 10th Annual Jerusalem Conference, organized by the Arutz 7 News Site and the BaSheva weekly newspaper.

THE TEMPLE INSTITUTE'S NEW VISITORS CENTER: MAKING STEADY PROGRESS! Work on the Temple Institute's New Visitors Center is progressing apace. Too soon to say for certain, but we hope to open the doors on our new center in early 2013! Click here for more information.

COME RAIN OR SHINE: Jan. 9, 2013/Tevet 27, 5773: It has been raining in Israel four consecutive days, hard, driving, torrential rain. In many part of Israel today the rain has turned to snow. Snow has been falling sporadically in Jerusalem today, mixed with sleet, rain and hail. A steady snowfall is predicted to cover Jerusalem overnight. Imagine for a moment the kohanin - the priests - who performed the various aspects of the Divine service in the Holy Temple, day in and day out, did so, rain or shine, hail, sleet or snow, in their flaxen garments, and in bare feet. They didn't wear down-filled overcoats, thermal underwear, water-proof insulated boots, woolen hats, mittens or scarfs - only their flaxen garments, and in bare feet. Imagine the sense of duty, dedication and devotion that guided them and allowed them to precisely fulfill their daily tasks, whatever the weather. May G-d continue to bless Israel with abundant rain, and may we soon rebuild the Holy Temple, and merit to see the sons of Aharon - the kohanim - return to their Torah ordained mission of performing the Divine service in the Holy Temple, come rain or shine, hail, sleet or snow.

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Rabbi Chaim Richman is the international director of the Temple Institute in Jerusalem which is dedicated to rebuilding the Holy Temple (Beit HaMikdash). He is a member of the current effort to revive the Sanhedrin and the author of ten books including Mystery of the Red Heifer and A House of Prayer for All Nations. Yitzchak Reuven works at the Temple Institute in Jerusalem. He previously worked building Biblical harps and other musical instruments for use in the Holy Temple. He and Rabbi Chaim Richman have been friends since their Israeli army days. They host the Temple Talk podcast dealing with issues of the Temple Mount and the weekly Torah parsha every Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Israel time (11 a.m. U.S. EST) on Israel National Radio. Contact Rabbi Richman at:
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